Kiwis can’t trust Nats on stealth tax hikes

BY ACT at 9 June, 2018


National’s apparent u-turn on ‘bracket creep’ shows it can’t be trusted to stick up for taxpayers, according to ACT Leader David Seymour.


Amy Adams tried to catch Grant Robertson out today when he appeared before the Finance and Expenditure Committee.


“Due to inflation and the inaction of both Labour and National governments, the average income earner will pay the top tax rate in 2022.


“National’s new position is just another example of its tendency to campaign

Bolger appointment shows Labour and National indistinguishable

BY ACT at 9 June, 2018


The appointment of a former National Prime Minister to a Labour-led Government’s working group shows the parties have become virtually indistinguishable, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“The major parties have implicitly agreed on the rules of the game. Labour has a more caring face. National says it can do the job just a bit more efficiently. The similarities are striking.


“Key and English didn’t reduce the tax burden for New Zealanders and

Seymour defends vegan freedom

BY ACT at 6 June, 2018


The idea that an organisation that wishes to hire a person with similar ethical beliefs could be ‘discriminatory’ is a nonsense, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


Animal rights group SAFE has said it intends to hire a vegan media and communications advisor.


“Small business owners all over New Zealand are facing similar issues.


“They are the best judge of what their business needs. Do-gooders and nanny statists will try to impose their views, but most

Did Greens veto original oil and gas plan?

BY ACT at 5 June, 2018


Emails released today by the Government show James Shaw may have vetoed the Government’s original plan for a moratorium on offshore oil and gas exploration, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“It appears the original plan was for the ‘Interim [Climate Change] Committee [to] gather evidence and analysis relevant to the role of future offshore oil and gas exploration in the context of the Government’s net-zero carbon target by 2050’.


“No new offshore

Former student politicians ignore Cabinet rules

BY ACT at 5 June, 2018


The former student politicians running the Government have simply ignored the important principle that significant decisions should be decided collectively by Cabinet, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“The Cabinet Manual states that significant and controversial issues “must be submitted to Cabinet”. 


“Without any advice and without talking to those affected, three people have decided the fate of an industry. That is no way to run a government. 


“Just when New Zealanders thought